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Jacob L. Shapiro

Jacob L. Shapiro
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Jacob L. Shapiro is a geopolitical analyst who explains and predicts global trends. He is the director of analysis for Geopolitical Futures, a position he has held since the company’s founding in 2015. He oversees a team of analysts, the company’s forecasting process and the day-to-day analysis of important geopolitical developments. Mr. Shapiro is a regular speaker at international conferences and has appeared both in print and on television as an expert on international affairs in such places as MSNBC, CNBC, the New York Times and Fox News. Prior to Geopolitical Futures, Mr. Shapiro worked at Stratfor as an analyst and as the director of the operations center. He joined Geopolitical Futures to help found a new company dedicated to publishing excellent analysis and accurate forecasts based on the geopolitical method Dr. Friedman pioneered. Mr. Shapiro holds a master’s degree from Oxford University, where he won an award for his dissertation on the link between philosophy and mysticism in 20th century Jewish thought. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Near Eastern studies.

The Fraught History of Japan-South Korea Relations

The recent trade spat is rooted in grievances developed over four centuries.

Dissenting Opinions: On Mass Shootings in the United States

Jacob and George offer their thoughts on American gun culture.

Hong Kong’s Present Is Taiwan’s Future

China’s complacency is a sign of confidence, not weakness.

Iran’s Miscalculation in the Strait of Hormuz

Iran is disrupting freedom of navigation at a critical chokepoint in the oil trade. That’s something the U.S. can’t accept for very long.

Toward an Ever-Closer European Union

The EU was designed for a world that no longer exists. To survive, it will have to reprogram itself.

The Resurrection of Scottish Foreign Policy

Its revival comes after more than 300 years of dormancy.

What We’re Reading: And Now Our Watch Is Ended

Weekly reviews of what’s on our bookshelves.

Canada: A Casualty of ‘America First’

China is proving tough on Canada, and the U.S. has yet to come to its neighbor’s aid.

Iran’s Inevitable Ultimatum

From Tehran’s point of view, resuming the nuclear weapons program is all it has left.

China Struggles to Contain an Outbreak

More than 1 million pigs have been culled already to contain the outbreak of African swine fever.